Australia's Vietnam

Australia's Vietnam

Myth Vs History

Book - 2019
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Why everything you think you know about Australia's Vietnam War is wrong. When Mark Dapin first interviewed Vietnam veterans and wrote about the war, he swallowed (and regurgitated) every misconception. He wasn't alone. In Australia's Vietnam, Dapin reveals that every stage of Australia's commitment to the Vietnam War has been misunderstood, misinterpreted and shrouded in myth. From army claims that every national serviceman was a volunteer; and the level of atrocities committed by Australian troops; to the belief there were no welcome home parades until the late 1980s and returned soldiers were met by angry protesters. Australia's Vietnam is a major contribution to the understanding of Australia's experience of the war and will change the way we think about memory and military history.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW :, NewSouth Publishing,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781742236360
Characteristics: viii, 261 pages ; 24 cm.

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Aug 09, 2019

Dapin’s book addresses the most prominent myths that have arisen out of the Vietnam War. Many of them are not even recognized as myths: most of them circulate in everyday commentary...It is one thing to disprove myths: it is another to grapple with the question of why his interviewees told the narratives they did....In many ways, this is a brave book. He unsettles the territory, interrogates dates, looks to contemporary rather than retrospective reports and makes things much more complex and contestable. Many people, most particularly veterans, politicians and some historians, will not like what he writes. He writes that he hopes that his book might put some of the myths of Vietnam to the sword, but he is not optimistic. Nor am I.

For my complete review see
http://residentjudge.com/2019/08/09/australias-vietnam-myth-vs-history-by-mark-dapin/

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